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Today’s News - Wednesday, November 18, 2020

●  Stacey McLachlan's (great) dive into how, in the 2010s, universities' design-build programs "were fledgling entries into a new era of hands-on architecture" - today, they give students the "ability to see all of the different ways in which they can contribute to our built world. We can't all be Bjarke Ingels - but, really, how many Bjarkes does the industry even need?"

●  Nate Berg delves into how "COVID-19 may accelerate a pattern that turns dull, transit-oriented developments into neighborhoods that resemble bustling cities. But there are risks."

●  Rowan Moore uses an "inelegant" and "plasticky" looking new building on London's Charing Cross Road, along with others, as examples of new "buildings whose components seem to have met on a blind date," creating "the rise and rise of ugly buildings" ("a Hieronymus Bosch-type garden of monsters" included).

●  Miriam Sitz puts the spotlight on Steven Holl's "luminous" Kinder Building, opening Saturday, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, completing the campus that includes a Mies and a Moneo: "As a literal beacon - the Kinder graciously draws the public in - then encourages them to see the collection, and the city beyond, in a new light."

●  Lizzie Crook reports on Shenzhen Horizontal Design's transformation of the ruins of a brick house into the Zhang Yan Cultural Museum "to help revive" the Beijing suburb "and demonstrate how old, rural architecture in China can be reused."

●  John King cheers Oakland's "adventurous" new waterfront park that "is a startling remake of a derelict pier" and "a startling act of urban reinvention" (a 9-foot-tall hillock cloaked in lush green grass - a head-scratching apparition") - the initial phase of a 65-acre development that will eventually host housing, including 15% affordable units.

●  Kamin cheers "a big, beautiful wall" at Northwestern University that protects "a field house and athletics center from the pounding of Lake Michigan" - it "could have been a monstrosity - instead, it's a curving piece of sculpture," and "anything but an eyesore" (it won an AIA Chicago Design Award as a "divine detail").

●  Providence, Rhode Island, announces $17M budget for Kennedy Plaza redesign by Arup "to revitalize its appearance and purpose - to foster community space, pedestrian access, and climate resilience."

●  Brussat begs to differ: "The attempt to ruin" Kennedy Plaza, "the central public square of Providence is ongoing. Now -.they are planning to 're-envision' aspects of Waterplace Park, the river walks, the pedestrian tunnels" and more with unneeded "placemaking modifications."

●  A round-up of USGBC's new programs and LEED updates + Leadership Awards - "10 extraordinary individuals, companies and projects working to advance healthy, resilient and equitable buildings and communities."

●  ICYMI: ANN feature: Artist Gordon Huether: "Amid Social & Economic Uncertainties, Major Public Art Welcomes & Elevates. We are in difficult times, and cost concerns may affect plans for site-specific art. Yet, if there was ever a time that art mattered, when art could unite us, this is that time" (his installations for the Salt Lake City Airport prove it).

Winners all:

●  Emporis Skyscraper Awards: Russia's "massive" Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg is named Skyscraper of the Year; Second Place: Hadid's Leeza Soho in Beijing; Third Place: SOM's 35 Hudson Yards + link to remaining 7 runners-up.

●  The 18 (very cool!) winners of the Docomomo US 2020 Modernism in America Awards "highlight the best in preservation practice by today's architects, designers, preservation professionals, and grassroots advocates."

●  The Copper Development Association and the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association announce "8 innovative copper building projects in the U.S. and Canada as winners in the 2020 North American Copper in Architecture Awards.

●  One of our faves: Winners of Architectural Record's 2020 Cocktail Napkin Sketch Contest - including "the two most amusing submissions."


  


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